VP, Data Science Strategy | MD or PhD | Top Pharma | NJ / PA Metro Area: RETAINED SEARCH

Cornerstone Search Group
March 17, 2022
Greater New York City Area, United States of America
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VP, Data Science Strategy | MD or PhD | Top Pharma | NJ / PA Metro Area: RETAINED SEARCH

Cornerstone Search Group has been retained by a top pharmaceutical company to identify a strategic and innovative leader to serve as a Vice President, Data Science Strategy - Therapeutic Area Lead for one of their key therapeutic areas. This highly visible and impactful team leadership role sits on the cross-functional R&D therapeutic area executive leadership team and plays an integral role in integrating the latest data science (AI/ML, RWE) strategies and tools into all facets of R&D, from Research / Discovery through to Clinical Development / Regulatory Submission.

This VP, and the team he/she/they lead, will define and oversee the execution of data science strategy in order to accelerate and improve the likelihood of success of the company’s R&D efforts. This position is focused on the strategic use of Data Science (AI / ML / RWE) and leadership, and thus does not require a technical data science or programming background as there is a team of programmers, epidemiologists, and other data science professionals responsible for technical development and implementation. Our client is open to an individual who has worked in Pharma / Biotech, in Pharmaceutical Consulting, in a Data Science / AI/ML / RWE vendor, or in Academia who has focused in a variety of relevant areas, such as Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Clinical Development, Epidemiology, RWE, Data Science, Data Analytics, AI/ML programming, etc.

LOCATION: In addition to candidates who live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, our client will consider candidates who live in other Mid-Atlantic or Northeast states (i.e. MA, CT, MD, Wash DC, VA, NY, RI, DE) as our client has multiple sites and will also consider a hybrid work arrangement if working on-site every week isn’t feasible.


  • Ideally MD or PhD
  • Knowledge of the application of Data Science (AI/ML, RWE, etc.) tools to either/both Research / Discovery and/or Clinical Development / Regulatory Submissions
  • Ideally therapeutic area knowledge of one of the industry’s most prevalent therapeutic areas, such as Oncology, Immunology, Rare Disease, Autoimmune (e.g. MS)
  • Strong leadership, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills with the ability to present technical solutions in a simple manner

To learn more specific details around this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Rita Boyle or Corey Ackerman (contact information below)


Rita Boyle | Partner (20+ yrs Executive Search experience | 14 yrs at Cornerstone)

E: rboyle@cornerstonesg.com

P: 973.656.0220 x735 | M: 908.334.1904

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritaboyle

Corey Ackerman, JD | Senior Partner (21 yrs at Cornerstone)

E: cackerman@cornerstonesg.com

P:  973.656.0220 x 716

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/coreyackerman

CORNERSTONE SEARCH GROUP - Life Sciences Executive Search

350 Main Street | Chatham, New Jersey 07054 USA



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